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The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

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The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

Postby Tide1on » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:26 pm

"BLACK LINES MATTER"

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Re: The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

Postby TexasDan » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:49 am

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Re: The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

Postby LimeCider » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:35 pm

I copied and pasted the rules from CapMel.com




Captain Mel Redfish and Trout Tournament Official Rules

It’s pretty simple. It is pretty easy to go by these.

Boundary: Lines may only be “cast” in Pinellas or Hillsborough County Waters. Anglers may launch from locations inside other counties but “on their honor” can only actually attempt to catch fish in Pinellas or Hillsborough County waters.

If required, you must have a valid Florida Fishing License


All Boats & Kayaks must meet all USCG and Marine Patrol safety equipment supplies.


Participants must obey all local and state manatee protection zones and speed limits.


No Live or Dead Baits can be used – designated Artificial Lures Only. No scent may be added to your lures.


The tournament is for fun and to benefit charity. We expect people to go by the “Honor System” but people caught not using the designated lures will be disqualified. You may not add any natural bait to the lure or extra attractant.

The contest is for the non-professional anglers. Pros can participate but are ineligible to win prizes.

Your first camera photo should have all your lures and your measuring device. Your assigned number should be on your measuring board and in all of your photos.

Your second photo should be your measuring stick shown at “first light”

Subsequent photos will be of your catch on the supplied measuring stick.

The longest redfish can win. The longest trout can win. The Grand Prize in every division is the “Longest Combined Inches” of your longest redfish and longest trout.

Approved measuring devices must be clearly visible in all photos. The fish should be placed with the “head” of the fish at the “zero” section of the ruler and the photograph of the fish without tail pinch, “Natural Lay” for the tournament measurement. Tournament judges will determine the length by what they see in the photos. This cannot be disputed. If you bring out a dead fish to say “this is how big it was” you will be completely disqualified from the entire event.

Only one rod at a time may be used, participants must hook, fight and secure the fish. Only assistance applies to kids in the Junior division.

Only one photo per angler and per category may be entered,

All fish must be caught and released on the day of event “after 1st safe light” and the angler must get his camera to the weigh-in station by 2:30PM.

The Junior and Kayak participants are NOT eligible for grand prize or any of
the general division cash, prizes or trophies unless they select to forego the Junior or Kayak division designation and “Opt” for the “Open” division.

In the event of a tie, photo turned in 1st will win the tiebreaker.

Tournament Director and judges have the final say on any catch or dispute that may arise. Violation of the rules may warrant a disqualification. A disqualified participant will not get their entry fee refunded.

ALL disputes or challenges must be filed the day of the tournament by 4:00pm & include a $100.00 Challenge fee. If the challenge is not upheld the fee is forfeited, if challenge is upheld the fee will be refunded.

The tournament directors reserve the right to limit the total number of participants and may deny entry based on previous issues regarding inappropriate actions by the entrant. All rules of the event must be followed; failure to do so will result in disqualification.

Total participants: For planning and scheduling, there is a limit to the number of people we can allow to sign up for the tournament: This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and when the categories fill no more participants will be accepted. Don’t wait to sign up or you’ll have to wait until next year!

*Cash Payouts depend on the total number of paid entrants.

*Final cash prize amounts will be announced and awarded at the weigh in

It is the sole responsibility of the entrants to have sufficient liability insurance to cover themselves and their guests if any. The tournament organizers are in no way liable for any injuries sustained by participants in this event.

Pre-Event Registration

The night prior to the event. Show up, pay if you haven’t paid before: Get your “assigned number” and your tournament materials.

Tournament Schedule

Launch Location & Tournament Fishing Area – Participants may launch wherever they wish but they must fish in “Pinellas or Hillsborough County” waters.

Start Fishing – 1st “Safe Light”

Weigh In – 1 to 3PM at the Fat Cat Tavern. Participants “must be in line” at 2:30PM in order to be eligible for a prize.

All digital photo cards must be received by no later than 2:30pm. Arriving after 2:30pm, entrants will not be eligible for prizes.


Divisions – Junior – Open

Participants ages (14 & Under) will be fishing in the Junior division, Entry Fee – $ 30.00 Prizes & Trophies Awarded (No Cash)

Participants ages (15 and Up) will be fishing in the Open Division, Entry Fee – $ 30.00 or the No Motor, Fly or Ladies divisions for $30. Cash Prizes & Trophies Awarded.

Divisions- “No Motor” Or, the “Kayak Division” which is wade, paddlecraft, from land or bridges. $30.00, competing only against other entered in that division. Anyone “non-motorized” can select to compete in the “Open Division” (and pay that fee). Opting into the open division eliminates the participant from cash or prizes in the “kayak division”.

If required all participants must have in their possession a valid Florida fishing license as required by FWC and must at all times follow all federal, state and local laws and must handle all fish in such a way as to reduce injury to the maximum extent possible.

Severe/Inclement Weather: In the event that event coordinators due to weather must cancel the tournament, this event will be rescheduled for a date in the future.
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Re: The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

Postby Tide1on » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:05 pm

Copied & pasted... we don't do any of that here. ;laugh: :lol: ;laugh:
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Re: The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

Postby LimeCider » Sun Apr 30, 2017 1:48 pm

RESULTS:


The conclusion of the 2017 Captain Mel Classic. It was a good one. It has been great fun every year. This year, the stories were outstanding as usual. Anglers received their payouts and with part of the entry fee and the raffle money we will be giving Suncoast Animal League another $500.

The participants fought stiff winds on tournament day which made it a more challenging contest. A better day might have yielded higher catches but our people got on the action.

We added pompano for this year. None were caught. In Bonus Species, we had two winners. The flounder action will get better soon. In the Ladies, Junior and Fly divisions no redfish were caught. There were stories of near misses. Hunter Koch probably wishes he was at check in Friday night. His father put him in the Junior division (thinking that he could be in multiple divisions which is not permitted). Had he been in the Open division he had a first place trout.

Our judging station, the very best performance in seven years. Mark "Ridgeback" Knowles, judge every year for six years, received help this year from my visiting Maryland client John Veil. Efficiency, we got done with the awards and raffle in record time.

The No Motor division was far and away the largest division this year. Olin Satterfield took the overall pool and best payout for 2017. The rest of the winners are listed below.

By division here were the results.

Ladies

Trout:
1) Angela Blanton 22.25 Inch
2) Katrina Pershing 20.75 Inch
3) Brenda Berger 11.4 Inch

Junior

Trout:
1) Hunter Koch 20.5 Inch
2) Shawn Blanton 16.4 Inch

Fly

Trout:
1) ChucK Henkel 17.4 Inch
2) Fred "Clouser" McClendon 14.2 Inch
3) Joseph Poliseno 12.5 Inch

Open

Trout:

Holly Rufo 18.8 Inch
Anthony Rufo 18.7 Inch
Brian Pershing 18.25 Inch
Redfish

Marc Blanton 26.1
Combined Inches

Marc Blanton 3


No Motor

Trout:

Nik Comeau 19.8 Inch $225
Joshua James 18.75 Inch
Mike Horn 18.2 Inch
Redfish:

Olin Satterfield 27.0 Inch $225
Russ "Lime Cider" Caipen 24.5 Inch
Nik Comeau 22.9 Inch

Combined Inches:

Olin Satterfield 43.5 Inches $300
Slik Nik Comeau 42.5 Inches
Don Waiberman 35.35 Inches
Bonus Species: Flounder

No Motor ($100)
Andrew Robertson 12.5 Inch

Open ($10)
Anthony Rufo 16.75 Inch

Overall Pool (32 entries, $320)

Trout:

Katrina Pershing 20.75 Inches ($80)
Interestingly enough, Angela Blanton did not enter the overall pool or she would have taken the Trout prize.

Redfish:

Olin Satterfield 27 Inches ($80)

Combined Inches:

Olin Satterfield 43.5 Inchess ($160)

New for 2017, the longest redfish and longest trout tournament wide got art prints by Kumpa.

Angela Blanton took the trout print. Olin Satterfield took the redfish print.
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Re: The 2017 Captain Mel Classic: April 29

Postby bicoastal » Mon May 01, 2017 9:07 am

Tide1on wrote:Copied & pasted... we don't do any of that here. ;laugh: :lol: ;laugh:


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Nice win Olin!!
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